My Identity Has Been Stolen! Now What?

You Don’t Have to Feel Helpless:

Get on the Road to Recovery Now

1 in every 10 U.S. Consumers have been victimized by identity thieves (Javelin Strategy and Research, 2009). If you’ve been or currently are a victim of identity theft, you’re not alone. Understanding the steps needed to take to get your life back are vital. Below we’ll cover the most important steps to recovery.

 

Steps If Your Identity Is Stolen:

  • Contact the fraud department at all 3 credit Bureaus
  • Contact your creditors
  • Contact the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) at 1-877-438-4338
  • Alert the police in your city
  • Change all account passwords
  • Notify the Office of the Inspector General at ssa.gov
  • Change driver’s license number
  • Contact your telephone and utility companies

 

 

Recovery and What to Expect:

  • Depending on the severity of the identity theft case, in extreme situations, it can take an individual 5,840 hours to fix the damage done from identity theft. This is nearly the equivalent of working 40 hours per week on it, for 2 years!*
  • Nearly 1/3 of all victims spend between 4-6 months straightening out issues regarding their identity being stolen. 11-23% of victims spend 7 months to a year attempting to resolve these issues.*
  • On average, it will take approximately 330 hours to repair the damages done from identity theft.*

*ITRC Aftermath Study, 2007

Related Posts

  • Click Here to read about what criminals do when they steal someone’s identity
  • Click Here to read about methods in which criminals steal someone’s identity
  • Click Here for ways in which to minimize or prevent identity theft

 

 

Have you suffered from identity theft? Are there any criminal uses we missed?

Please share your story or comments below.  Thanks – TDN

 

 

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